Valerian is a perennial plant with a large root system and one that is native to Europe. It grows in rough grassy areas where the soil is damp. Its name is derived from the Latinvalere, which means to be healthy and may have originated from Valerius, an ancient herbalist who used it medicinally. One alternative suggestion is that it is named after the Roman province of Valeria. It is likely that the name for the sedative drug Valium was derived from Valerian.
Valerian is a valuable herb and has been used throughout history for its relaxing and calming effects on the nervous system. It is used to treat anxiety, tension, excitability and hysteria. In the middle Ages it was used to treat some types of epilepsy, an area where it can still help today. The actual plant or dried herb is very attractive to cats that are drawn to it by its scent. The value of valerian as a sedative is backed by its inclusion in many pharmacopeias, books listing the medicinal properties and indications of commonly prescribed medicines. It is the root which is used medicinally.
Valerian is one of the active ingredients in Denes Tranquil+ Powder, along with Skullcap, and Vervain, both of which also have calming effects. Denes Tranquil+ Powder is indicated in the treatment of situations where calming (without drowsiness) is called for. Available in pots of 50g complete with dosing measure. The recommended dose is as follows:
Cats, toy & dogs – ½ level scoop twice daily
Small dogs – 1 level scoop twice daily
Medium dogs – 2 level scoops twice daily
Large dogs – 3 level scoops twice daily
Very large dogs – 4 level scoops twice daily
Treatment can be continued on a long-term basis where needed. Tranquil+ Powder is also suitable for short-term use although several days treatment is usually required for the powder to achieve its maximum effect.